Lasers and Computers
Laser disks and optical storage devices are changing the way we can use computers.
Guests: Jeff Tully, Pioneer Video; Vladimir Langer, Sony; Rick Dyer, RDI Video Systems; Jay Eagle, Proton Corp.; Gary Kildall, DRI
Products/Demos: Pioneer Laser Disc Player, Astron Belt, Halcyon Home Entertainment Sys, Vidlink
September 23, 2005
Halcyon: The Worst Console Ever
This episode points out the upcoming laser-based revolution in data storage. Some predictions are a bit dated (the data Laserdisc never did quite make it), but others are dead-on. The funniest bit of the show is when Dragon's Lair creator Rick Dyer comes on to demo the "Halcyon," a game console based on a laserdisc and a speech-recognition unit. Unintentional hilarity ensues as the speech system can't tell the difference between "one" and "two" and tells the show's host that he isn't speaking clearly. Listen in the background as "Hal" keeps going "HUH?" or "WHAT?" as Stewart keeps talking. Hilarious!